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Making Your City "EV Ready"

As cities look to capitalize on the opportunity that EVs can bring, from lower maintenance costs for consumers to better air quality for residents, they also must lay the groundwork for their communities to become ‘EV ready’.
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The Lowdown on the Federal EV Tax Credit

If you’re thinking about purchasing a plug-in vehicle in 2017, chances are good that you’ll still be able to cash in on that deal, but it won’t be around forever.
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March 17, 2020

Investigating Questions Surrounding Electric Vehicle Batteries

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption has grown in recent years as drivers look to reduce maintenance costs, enjoy a smoother ride, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As the number of EVs…

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March 11, 2020

Managed Electric Vehicle Charging Benefits Tested in Solar Synchronization Pilot

Managed electric vehicle charging can have benefits for two different groups—the demand side (the electric vehicle owner, the building owner, the power customer) and the supply side (the whole electric…

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January 15, 2020

2020 Minnesota Legislative Preview: Electric Vehicles

Minnesota’s legislative session is right around the corner and Drive Electric Minnesota is ready to continue our support of a policy and regulatory landscape that drives electric vehicle (EV) adoption…

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January 13, 2020

Pilot Project Gets Solar Panels in Sync with Electric Vehicle Chargers

What if we could harness the energy produced by the sun and maximize its potential to power electric vehicles (EVs) with zero-carbon electricity? That’s exactly what the…

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December 16, 2019

Diving Into the Data: Minnesotans Going All-In on Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle (EV) deployment is ramping up across Minnesota. New data from 2019 (which you can explore in a previous blog post) shows that EV deployment hit new records…

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November 27, 2019

SMMPA Members Commit to Electric Vehicle Charging Network in Greater Minnesota

We applaud the announcement made earlier this week by the member municipal utilities of Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) committing to “establishing an electric vehicle (EV) charging network to…

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November 13, 2019

New Data Shows Statewide Growth in Electric Vehicle Purchases in Minnesota

During our recent work with Minnesota cities via Cities Charging Ahead (CCA), one of the most common questions posed by communities was, “How many electric vehicles (EVs) are in…

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November 1, 2019

New Incentive to Promote Electric Vehicles in Minnesota 

Starting November 1, 2019, residents who purchase or lease a new or used EV will receive a one-time credit of up to $250 for MnPASS…

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October 31, 2019

Electric Vehicle Pool Party: Elk River’s New Outlander

In 2017, Elk River Municipal Utilities (ERMU) commissioned FleetCarma to conduct an electric vehicle suitability assessment for both the city and utility fleet. Such an assessment, sometimes referred to as…

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October 23, 2019

Over Half of Prospective Car Buyers in Minnesota Show Interest in Electric Vehicles

A national survey conducted by Consumer Reports and the Union of Concerned Scientists finds widespread interest in electric vehicles among prospective car buyers in Minnesota.  Key Takeaways:…

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